Nina Pham, the Texas nurse and first person to contract Ebola in the US has announced that she will sue the Texas hospital where she was infected.
Pham has filed a lawsuit against the hospital’s parent company, Texas Health Resources.
“I wish Texas Health Services (healthcare consortium that owns the hospital) were more honest about what happened in the center and the things they did” the nurse said in a statement after filing the lawsuit in Dallas, as reported in the Epoch Times.
According to Pham, the medical center had not trained their staff for the incoming “known and imminent danger” of Ebola and did not have the proper equipment to cope.
“All I knew about the Ebola virus I had learned in college,” confessed the nurse in an interview to the local newspaper, The Dallas Morning News.
Pham contracted the disease last fall while trying to treat patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who began to show symptoms after arriving in Dallas from Liberia.
Duncan’s case was very controversial, because he first went to the hospital with fever and abdominal pain, but doctors sent him home with antibiotics, regardless that he had travelled from Liberia.
Three days later the patient returned to the hospital with heightened symptoms and was isolated and subsequently diagnosed with Ebola.
The nurse is now claiming damages for physical injuries, anguish, medical expenses and loss of future earnings in his career
After contracting the virus, Pham was transferred to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a medical institution in Maryland and recognized as a world leader in research, where she recovered from the disease